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We'll enjoy both mountain & desert hiking from the mountains down to the desert floor while bagging some peaks & benchmarks along the way on our cross-country (no trails) hike. Starting in the mountains near Ranchita, CA we'll hike up onto White benchmark (5,326'), then hike over to climb The Thimble (5,779'), followed by San Ysidro Peak (6,147') before dropping down towards Hellhole Flats looking out for any leftover "body parts" (hooves, horns, spines, and other assorted "parts & pieces") of both deer and bighorn sheep due to the mountain lion predation in this transitional area between the mountains and desert. We'll continue our rugged descent down to tag Webo benchmark (4,173') before continuing further down to discover a palm grove on our way to the desert floor where we'll end our hike at the Anza Borrego Desert State Park Visitor's Center around dark (note: a car shuttle is involved). The usual great views: the nearby local mtns and out north to Toro & San Jacinto Peaks in the distance along with much of the nearby desert / desert peaks & Salton Sea below us. All pictures are of this hike: Details: this hike is approx. 13 cross-country miles / 3,500' elevation gain as a pure estimate, but will hike harder due to the cross-country / off-trail nature & minor bushwhacking or scrambling involved. Hiking time: approx. 8:15 AM - 7:30 PM. Optional dinner stop afterwards at the nearby Red Ocotillo restaurant or Taco Shop in Borrego Springs. Bring: 3.5 - 4 quarts or liters of H2O with electrolytes minimum (note: if you drink a lot normally you may need 1 more), snacks to eat WHILE MOVING, lunch for the peaks, layers for wind (jacket or fleece or wind breaker or down, beanie, gloves, etc), hat / sunglasses / sunscreen, headlamp or light with fresh batteries, any first aid you need (including "drugs"), poles helpful, gaiters, plastic comb & pointy tweezers for getting any cactus out, etc. Pre-hydrate by drinking Fri., Sat. AM & on the drive out. My hiking style: we'll stay together as a group for both camaraderie & safety; we snack & drink WHILE MOVING except for short bathroom or picture breaks as necessary; I'll take 1/2 hr - 45 min. breaks at the peaks to eat "real food" / sign registers / enjoy the view; I prefer to hike at a bit faster then average pace. Weather Links: Start / Ranchita, CA: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.211978199422205&lon=-116.50039672851562 San Ysidro Peak (6,147'): http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.25663276201783&lon=-116.49670600891113 End / Desert Floor in Borrego Springs, CA: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.260508448729944&lon=-116.40289306640625 Contact me ahead of time if you have Q's: text to[masked] My Meetup Rules: 1. *WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing. 2. Please no +1s or guests - all attending must be group members. This is for both liability reasons & so that I can see the profiles of those coming before the hike to get a feel for the group. It's quick, free, easy so please just sign up.
To Silverado Canyon: 18 Miles, 4,000' EG. (A short portion of it is class 3/4) The hike to Silverado Canyon is a shuttle hike. We will first meet at Silverado Canyon (Maple Springs) Trail Head Parking Lot, at 7:30 am, drop a car and shuttle to Black Star Canyon Trail Head. This hike has expansive views of all Southern California and an adventure hike involves some off trails. One of my favorite and the prettiest hike in the region. Elevation gain is spread evenly. We will also be going via Black Star Canyon Water Fall. This will involve mostly a class 3, short distance scrambling. There is a good chance that you may get wet. There is also a section with wildflowers now should be in bloom. MY WAIVER: Please do not sign up if following is not acceptable. Any outdoor activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, often depending whom you are with, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances, lack of judgment and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Any outdoor activity involves risk of injury or even death. Please do not sign up; if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, unwilling to take that risk, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You are not participating in an event organized by trained outdoors people or medical professionals. No one is trained or paid to watch after your safety. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, cooks, carpoolers or anyone liable but yourself by signing and/or showing up for this event. Please remember that if you are not capable to this event or you don’t know your limits and still sign up, you may not only put yourself in danger but also all the other participants who are going with you. You further agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of an injury or even death due to any reason, by signing up for this event. Please also note that I may exclude or include anyone at my own discretion.
What: “Winter Rescue and Safety in the San Gabriel Mountains" When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Where: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena This winter has brought welcome rain and snow to our local mountains. But it has also brought hazards and accidents as skiers, snowboarders and others flock to snowy slopes and icy trails. In a program hosted by the Sierra Club's Forest Committee, John Dailey and Susan McCreary of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team will describe some of the dangers, recount dramatic rescues, and tell how to enjoy winter recreation while avoiding hazards locally and even while traveling this summer in the snowy Sierras.They will offer advice on basic equipment you should have for winter hikes and sports. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue is a world-renowned all-volunteer, self-funded rescue team serving our foothill communities since 1951. An expert from REI will offer tips on winter equipment for the public, from parkas to snowshoes, that can make you and your family safer in winter recreation. A social reception at 7 p.m. precedes the 7:30 p.m. program, which is free and open to the public. Directions to Eaton Canyon: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take the Altadena Drive exit (if westbound on the 210, take the Sierra Madre Blvd. off ramp and at the bottom go west another few blocks toAltadena Drive), drive north toward the mountains about a mile, and 500 feet after crossing New York Drive, turn right into Eaton Canyon Park. The Nature Center is on the left from the parking area.
***PLEASE NOTE due to record amounts of snowfall this year, I am postponing the event to avoid a technical climb of Telescope Peak. If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP. THIS WILL BE 3-NIGHTS of *CAR CAMPING* AT WILDROSE CAMPGROUND which has 23 FREE WALK-UP campsites that can comfortably accommodate two tents per site. Located off Trona Wildrose Road at an elevation of 4100'. Amenities include pit toilets, potable water, fire pits (purchase wood from the area and review fire restrictions in place at the time of the event), bbqs and picnic tables. NO TRASH FACILITY (PACK OUT ALL TRASH). LEAVE NO TRACE! Safe food storage must be practiced! Rodents and other wildlife are abundant in the area. Including mules that roam freely. All scented and food items must be kept out of TENTS and CONTAINED. *CAR CAMPING* *DAY HIKING ONLY* *15 HIKERS ONLY* I will be arriving Thursday evening. Camp spots cannot be "HELD" for attendees. This campground can get busy during the wildflower months. FRIDAY: CORKSCREW PEAK @ 5804' 8MI R/T 3300' GAIN (RIDGE ROUTE) Some Class 1 and 2 easy scrambling and route finding. DEPART CAMPGROUND IN CARPOOLS @ 6AM (1HR COMMUTE) FOR A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITY. After Corkscrew Peak we will visit MESQUITE SAND DUNES and STOVEPIPE WELLS SALOON for dinner before returning to camp for the night. SATURDAY: TELESCOPE PEAK @ 11043' 14MI R/T 3000' GAIN. DEPART CAMPGROUND IN CARPOOLS @ 7AM (20MIN COMMUTE). The road to Mahogany Flat (Trailhead) is rough and full of potholes. HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES ARE RECOMMENDED. Low clearance vehicles can park at the Charcoal Kilns. This will add approximately 3 miles r/t to your hike. This is a great time of year to climb Telescope as the wildflowers are blooming and the trail is normally clear of snow and ice. (WEATHER CONDITIONS TBD). https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Wildrose+Campground,+Death+Valley,+CAfirstname.lastname@example.org,-117.1951813,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c0cd3afdefeb6d:0x693f86fb4b8786dd!2m2!1d-117.1881833!2d36.2657861!3e0 *Be prepared to pay a National Park Entrance Fee or have your annual pass* ***NO PLUS 1'S or Guests & NO DOGS*** ANSWER THE QUESTIONS upon RSVP. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. You must have a completed profile with a picture of yourself and hiking history. Chronic non-attenders, chronic double-bookers and No-shows WILL NOT GET PRIORITY. *LIMITED TO 15 HIKERS* The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must provide all of your own camping, hiking, survival and safety gear. SAFE FOOD STORAGE. BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING TEMPERATURES AND CLIMATE. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." Anonymous